Thanks to a generous grant from the Hind Foundation and the Morro Bay Habor Festival the Alma is ready for display. We are excited about bringing this important piece of Morro Bay history to the community. Local volunteers have donated hundreds of hours of work to restore the Alma. Take a look at some of the photos below to see all of the hard work that went into this historic tug boat. As you can imagine, it is a complicated undertaking to move a historic tug boat and we could certainly use donations of any size. If you would like to help please click here to contact us.
The Alma is an important part of California’s maritime history and we are very fortunate to be able restore her for future display in Morro Bay. Consultation with experts indicates that the Alma is eligible for listing on the US Department of Interior's National Register of Historic Places. Built at San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf in 1927, the Alma gained notoriety on the morning of December 23, 1941, when under the command of the late Merle Molinari of Cayucos, she headed north toward Piedras Blancas and rescued crewmembers of the Union Oil Tanker Montebello which had been torpedoed and sunk earlier that morning by a Japanese Submarine.